IBM Launches Self-Encrypting Array for Midrange Market

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-08-25 Print this article Print

The IBM System Storage DS5020 Express sets itself apart by including self-encrypting hard drives designed for cloud services providers that host business applications. Full disk encryption provides data security at the hard drive level.

Sometimes it appears as though the large storage manufacturers quietly plan behind the scenes to launch new products at the same time.

On Aug. 25, a day when several other major storage makers (EMC, Dell, NetApp, LSI and Spectra Logic) came out with new storage offerings for midrange enterprises, IBM launched its System Storage DS5020 Express, a storage disk package aimed at-you guessed it-midrange businesses.

And why not? The market numbers are in clear agreement that midrange enterprises, small and midsize businesses, and home offices are where the current and future growth is in data storage.

The System Storage DS5020 Express sets itself apart by including self-encrypting hard drives designed for cloud services providers that host business applications.

The DS5020 Express includes four Fibre Channel interfaces at a top speed of 8G bps and iSCSI connectivity, a combination providing flexibility that is welcomed in most data centers. The DS5020 Express can support up to 112 drives by fitting in EXP520 expansion units. Drive options include Fibre Channel, self-encrypting Fibre Channel and SATA (Serial ATA).
The DS5020 Express' physical array features a modular design and is designed to deliver its best performance with virtualized components such as IBM PowerVM, Microsoft Windows 2008 Hyper-V and VMware vSphere 4, IBM said.

The DS5020's self-encrypting drives are designed to support business-critical applications, IBM said. The array also includes partitioning and IBM's FlashCopy, VolumeCopy and Enhanced Remote Mirroring.

The System Storage DS5020 Express will be available Sept. 4. Pricing starts at $22,500, which includes IBM service support and a three-year warranty.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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